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May 28, 2016 - Barcelona

Before I get to Barcelona, a comment or two on our Avignon apartment. We loved the place (which will be reflected on our VRBO review) as it was really nice just have our own place. It was very quiet even though it was in the thick of things. One not so small problem though,was the fact that a rampant mosquito somehow got into the room and played havoc with poor Rose's head and shoulders. It (or they) seemed oblivious to the tender vittles mere centimetres away... Ha! However, on our final morning our host was very gracious and organized a...

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May 17, 2016 - Day 25: Exploring Barcelona

We spent the day walking around and exploring everything Barcelona has to offer. Nice sunny day. Nice day for walking. The Sagrada familia was gorgeous! I kinda wish I had bought the tickets to go to the top. The Columbus monument elevator was broken also so we didn't get to experience the city for up high. Walking around La Rambla is very nice. My suggestion for next time would be to buy tickets of the places that you're gonna visit in advance. The places fill up and you have to come back hours later. Just buy all the tickets the morning...

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May 16, 2016 - Day 24: Barcelona architecture 𯘍

Today starts the last week of my vacation. We woke up early, took a taxi to the train station and 3 hours later, arrived in Barcelona. I am completely in love with the architecture here. All the buildings are beautiful here! Yes Gaudi buildings are fantastic and whimsical but ALL buildings in Barcelona have their own charm. I couldn't put down my phone. Drained all the battery taking pictures. We visited La Pedrera (Casa Mila). The architecture is amazing! The city feels empty cuz is a religious holiday but I don't mind. It just gives me a...

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May 14, 2016 - Barcelona, Spain

Hello from Barcelona! Another beautiful city on our tour. We were fortunate to see some of the cultural celebrations in the downtown when we arrived. We are not sure if they were associated with the Grand Prix race or the stat holiday on Monday. The food in Spain is ok but not going to make my top 10 list - lol. We have met some nice people here from London who have guided us a bit on the highlights of Spain. Much to Jamie's displeasure we took a tour bus to an outlet mall called La Roca Village - there were no deals unfortunately. We...

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May 13, 2016 - Barcelona Beach

Our last day in Spain. We have developed the Spanish habit of racing for a train. Even though trains run every couple of minutes you still run for the one that is coming in or just arrived at the station. The longest we've had to wait for a train is about three minutes. Why do we run? We are still being trained to walk on the right side of the footpath though. Slow learners. It was fun watching the news this morning. If there are three or four people involved in the interview they all speak at once. We also heard this on the train into town...

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France, spring 2016

May 12, 2016 - Gaudi's park and Rome under Barcelona

Raced off nice and early (9am) to see Gaudi's park. We didn't even have to ask for a seniors ticket - he gave it to us. Hmmm seniors here are over 65! Lucky we were out there early - the wait was only 2 1/2 hours. Fortunately there was a free part to wander around, lunch to get and time to muse and read. On reflection it was a waste of time. Not so crash hot - seen better in India. Oh such travelers. Back to Barcelona for a wonderful history of Barcelona museum. Really well presented and the audio guide topped it off. We walked for about 2...

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France, spring 2016

May 11, 2016 - Old quarter and Picasso

So we got to the metro by mid day. Yes a very late start after yesterday's adventures. Such locals now, right funicular, right train, right metro. All with one ticket. Explored the Gothic Quarter and Picaso's museum. Still an art critic. There is such recorded history here with so remains to wander thru. So many people too. School groups from all over Europe and bus loads from who knows where. No pictures allowed in the museum and they wanted us to pay to go in the popular churches so we went to the out of the way ones. Found our way home...

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France, spring 2016

May 10, 2016 - Zaragoza to Barcelona

Getting good at this traveling. Remembered to pay for the room, got the car up the car lift and even drove out of Zaragoza and found the toll way to Barcelona. (Yes well actually the gps did, I just followed instructions as I do MOST of the time) About $45 for the toll, still 300 km at 120km/hour most of the way. We went from no agriculture to lots. Quite a strange landscape. Barcelona traffic was definitely a challenge. Roads with arrows going BOTH ways had me and the gps confused. Missed a turn from the gps and started going round and...

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France, spring 2016

May 8, 2016 - The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain

Alas, the Hnit travel curse has returned. Rain, rain and more rain. After four glorious days of weather in Barcelona, we travelled down the Spanish coast to the famous Costa del Sol. (Sunny Coast – ha! Ha!) We checked into the Marriott Vacation Club which is absolutely beautiful. Checked the weather forecast to find the entire week will be raining and the highest temperature will be 16 degrees C (61 F). Just our luck. Finished off our time in Barcelona with a trip up the mountain to look out over the city and coastline. I was surprised to...

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May 4, 2016 - Beautiful Barcelona

I Love Barcelona. That is what is written on all the tourist T-shirts and souvenirs and I can surely understand why. What a fabulous city. A city with a long and turbulent history, rich in culture, lots of vibrancy, and with a character all its own. Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia – a community or province of Spain. Catalonia is to Spain what Quebec is to Canada. They protect their culture and language vehemently and , yes, they would love to separate. They even have their own flag in anticipation of that day. Barcelona came to the...

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May 4, 2016 - Barcelona

On our last day in Barcelona we visited the Museum of Pablo Picasso's work. Not surprisingly he was an incredible artist. We didn't realize that he was a master of many different art styles and techniques. We find ourselfs reflecting back during the day thinking about the introspective nature of much of his work. We bought a few prints and a set of placemats that pictured one of his famous pieces. For lunch we stopped at Bernie's Diner. It was an interesting take on Americana with many wall hangings and other period pieces. For a change,...

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May 3, 2016 - Barcelona

5/3 Today was an Antonio Gaudi day. We took the metro to La Sagrada Famila (Holy Family). This church has been under construction since 1882 and is expected to be completed in 10 years. It is awe inspiring and different from anything we've ever seen except for other Gaudi work we saw at Parc Guell. He combined his understanding of geometry and art to create unique structures that still seem futuristic after 100 years. In the afternoon, after our siesta (we are becoming more Spanish by the day), we visited and toured La Pedrera, an...

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